President Donald Trump’s angry weekend tweet storm about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe got a thorough debunking on CNN Monday morning.
In particular, the panel zeroed in on Trump’s declaration that “the Mueller probe should never have been started as there was no collusion or crime,” while also alleging that the whole investigation was based “a fake dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC and improperly used in FISA court for surveillance of my campaign.”
Co-host Erica Hill said that Trump’s claim about there being “no collusion” was deceptive because the special counsel’s office hasn’t yet reached any determination about whether the Trump campaign willingly worked with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election.
Co-host Chris Cuomo then nailed Trump for getting the facts of the investigation entirely wrong.
“It’s a fundamentally deceptive statement of how things work,” he said. “His own guy picked a special counsel! Rod Rosenstein — this is the guy hand-picked by Sessions and Trump to lead it.”
Hill also pointed out that ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier wasn’t the reason that the FBI started investigating the campaign — rather, it was the drunken conversation former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos had with an Australian diplomat about Russia having hacked Hillary Clinton emails, which resulted in the diplomat reporting his concerns about the conversation to American law enforcement officials.
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